While Quentin Tarantino is writing his book version of The Hateful Eight he should think about penning a guide on how to tell your script has been leaked. It would also be a good idea, either in the footnotes, prologue or author’s note to list things not to do with your fledgling script.
So the big story going around Hollywood is that Tarantino, that guy that brought the world his version of a 1970’s spaghetti western classic, Django Unchained, which was a cracking film, homage or not, was going to revisit the western genre with yet another “homage.” This time, rumor had it, the film was going to be a pastiche of The Magnificent Seven; which was itself another pastiche of Seven Samurai; which was, legend also has it, a homage to legendary western film director John Ford.
That, however does not appear to be the case at all. Another website, who will remain nameless out of respect for Tarantino’s grief and self-confessed depression, has actually gone on to post the purloined script. There are even examples of Quentin’s dialogue put on show for the public’s edification. The website also goes on to explain that it must be the real thing because it contains all of Tarantino’s trademarks, such as typos.
That comment could be seen as rubbing salt into the already open wound. Does the website, which posted the script so that Tarantino fans, or haters, could gawp at the film script care? The only answer that is logical should be, of course they don’t
The question remains, however, just how did Quentin Tarantino discover his script had been leaked? Did anyone tell him? To be honest, it appears that he was told somewhat indirectly that something was amiss when his agent Mike Simpson started getting calls from other agents whose clients were begging to be in Tarantino’s newest project. It seems very likely that Tarantino could now write a guide on just how to tell your script has been leaked.
Once the film auteur had made the discovery, he complained that he had only told six people about the film and given them a copy. Tarantino listed four of the six, actors Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen as well as Django Unchained producer Reggie Hudlin. Quentin immediately cleared Roth of any suspicion; leaving the other three as the main suspects.
However, the Django Unchained creator never said who the other two out of this privileged six were. It has been put forward that the other two individuals who got a copy of the limited edition script were Michael Madsen’s and Bruce Dern’s agents. CAA, who represent Dern have denied having anything to do with the leak. Another website has stated that they received an email from Madsen’s agency saying that they never got a copy of the script.
Tarantino has said pretty much from the beginning of this script heist that he believes that CAA were the culprit. He has not held this against Hollywood legend Bruce Dern and he stated working with the legend was still on his agenda. Quentin has learned a very valuable lesson in just how Hollywood really works.
The lesson, or moral of this story, seems to be; do not give an agent a copy of your first draft script, period. Quentin Tarantino could, in his guide How to Tell Your Script has been Leaked be very short and to the point. Using a checklist; the first item could ask the question; “Has your agent called to ask about parts for other actors not on your shortlist?” If the answer is yes, then in all likelihood, your script has been leaked. For further confirmation check out the “less savory” websites for excerpts.
By Michael Smith